There are only two ways to see the entire island of Kaua’i — by sea or by air. The Na Pali Coast has blocked all attempts to build a road through it. We saw it both ways — on an ocean tour and on a helicopter tour.
The flight was smooth and thrilling, showing us places that we could not have found any other way. The tour took us over the South Coast, through Waimea Canyon and up to Mount Wai’ale’ale, the wettest spot on Earth — more than 400 inches of rain per year. We flew into immense valleys along the Na Pali Coast before going past the North Shore and back to the Lihu’e airport.
The scenery was so spectacular that Tim almost used up the only camera he had with him (these were the days of film) before we even got to Mt. Wai’ale’ale. He eventually put the camera down and just admired the view.